Early Review: Four Summoner’s Tales by Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Christopher Golden, and Jonathan Maberry
Release date: September 17, 2013
Genre: Anthology, Paranormal, Horror
Book provided by Edelweiss and Gallery Books
AH’s Review – 4 Skulls – A-
I was initially attracted to Four Summoner’s Tales because Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I loved Ms. Armstrong’s urban fantasy series and I always look forward to new books and stories by her. I’ve also read Jonathan Maberry’s young adult zombie series and enjoyed that immensely. So Armstrong and Maberry = Win for me.
If the opportunity to reanimate a recently deceased loved one presented itself, what would you do? And at what cost? This is the theme of Four Summoner’s Tales. I think that what I liked most about this anthology was each author’s very different take on the theme.
Suffer the Children by Kelley Armstrong
A small remote town in northern Ontario lost most of its young and aged population from a diphtheria outbreak. The town is offered a chance to resurrect the recently dead children at a huge cost. I loved Preacher and Addie who acted as the town’s conscience. This is a dark story with a little twist.
Pipers by Christopher Golden
Christopher Golden is a new to me author and from the quality of this story, I will be sure to look up some of his books. I really enjoyed this story about a father’s love for his young teen-aged daughter Savannah. The story ripped my heart out and I really felt the Zeke’s pain, as well as the grief of his small, border town that has been tormented by a Mexican drug cartel. This is quite a dark and brutal story.
The Good Natured Man by David Liss
If you like the historical “romances” complete with rakes and other villains, then this may be the story for you. The Good Natured Man takes place in 18th century London and is the story of a young man with a questionable background who wishes to marry a rich widow. He takes a journal from his father and learns a spell to reanimate the dead. What follows is bribery, trickery, betrayal, death, and general mayhem. This was an enjoyable story and it really touches upon the consequences of changing fate. Well done.
Alive Day by Jonathan Maberry
I really must read some of Jonathan Maberry’s adult books. Rot & Ruin is a family favorite in my home and now that I’ve read this short story I really want to read more of his Joe Ledger series now.
This was probably my favorite story of the anthology. A black ops team is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan and they come across something strange and deadly. I liked how this story took from the Lilith mythology of the region and expanded on those demons. It was definitely a very creepy and bloody story.
All in all, four strong stories by four exceptional writers. Four Summoner’s Tales was an enjoyable read.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Gallery Books for a review copy of this book.
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